Brian’s Quote of the Day
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First watch, 1 bell (8:40 pm)

I got a letter in the mail yesterday from the realtor that helped me buy my house several years ago. It contains the following:

I really like to find homes for people and helping their family build there future!

Hehe, he got the first their right, how do you suppose he missed the second one??

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Get Me Some of That!
Posted in Tech
Afternoon watch, 8 bells (4:09 pm)

Here's a sweet PDP-11 running UNIX v7 emulator for your computer!

Even I'm not old enough to remember those good old days…

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Posted in Recipes
Afternoon watch, 7 bells (3:53 pm)

Thanks go out to Ellie for this coconut cookie recipe. Lorien and I had a taste of them a few weeks ago when we stopped by her place and just had to get the recipe!

Coconut Cookies...

By popular demand- the coconut cookie recipe!!

1/2 c. butter
2 c. flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 large egg
1 tsp. pure vanilla
2 1/4 c. sweetened shredded coconut
1/2 c. granulated sugar
1/2 c. brown sugar

Preheat oven to 350.
Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
Place 1/2 c. coconut into small bowl, Set aside.
Place remaining coconut into food processor, pulse until coarsely ground.
Using electric mixer, beat butter with sugar until light and fluffy.
Beat in egg and vanilla.
Gradually add flour mixture and coconut until combined.
Bake until lightly golden around edges- about 10-12 minutes.

Hide some for later, because they will be gone within the hour.

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Login Panic
Posted in Tech
Afternoon watch, 1 bell (12:38 pm)

Yesterday I took down my machine for two reasons. One, I was running low on hard drive space (I store a lot of CD and DVD ISO images for the office). Two, my numpad stopped working. I have no idea why. I plugged in a different USB keyboard and its numpad didn't work either.

Anyway, I took the machine down, added the drive into the third SATA hookup (I have two drives in there already, with a maximum of four), and started everything back up again.

I couldn't log in after it started up. I almost panicked, but being the calm, cool, sysadmin that I am, I tailed some logfiles which led me to discover that despite the new drive being in the third SATA port, it got named /dev/sdb, and the drive that was /dev/sdb was now /dev/sdc. That also happened to be where my /home partition was mounted. So I fixed /etc/fstab, mounted /home, and voila!, I could log in again.

After a quick XFS format of the new /dev/sdb1 partition, I was in business. See how easy Linux is? And people say it's not for everybody…

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